The Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2020

Kayle Crosson Uncategorized

The Environmental Pillar welcomed the publication of the Climate Bill in October of this year, and closely followed its pre-legislative scrutiny proceedings before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. In our submission on this Bill, we outline 12 areas which we believe must be changed and corrected in order to make the Bill fit for purpose. These recommendations include: …

Kayle CrossonThe Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2020
CLimate Bill 2020

Fundamental Flaws in Climate Bill must addressed in pre-legislative scrutiny

Kayle Crosson Press Releases, Uncategorized

The Environmental Pillar is pleased to see the Bill strengthen the State’s commitment to climate action, and particularly welcomes the proposed inclusion of biodiversity expertise on future Climate Change Advisory Councils. The Pillar has stressed that the twin crises of climate and biodiversity are deeply interlinked and must be addressed simultaneously.

Kayle CrossonFundamental Flaws in Climate Bill must addressed in pre-legislative scrutiny

Disbelief as Green ministers hand nature protection to Housing Department

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BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce, SWAN and the Environmental Pillar make joint call to #BringNatureHome Leading environmental NGOs have expressed disbelief at the new Government’s proposal to move responsibility for nature to the Department of Housing. Before the election, environmental campaigners called for responsibility for nature, water, waste and climate change to be brought …

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Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy

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The Department of Climate Action is seeking views on the development of a new Waste Action Plan as part of the move to a more Circular Economy where resources are kept in use for as long as possible and then recycled or reused at the end of their service life.  The Environmental Pillar welcomes the opportunity to make a submission …

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Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019

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The Pillar’s detailed submission for the public consultation outlines our members’ core concerns with the proposed legislation, in particular the fact that the Bill proposes to: • Make it near impossible for ordinary people, citizens groups and environmental NGOs to qualify to get into the Court to take a challenge in the first place; [5] [6] • Make the court …

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Submission on Proposed Environmental Levies

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In November 2019, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment open public consultation for views in relation to the proposed introduction of a range of environmental levies. Proposals include a coffee cup levy, a waste recovery levy and increases to the existing plastic bag and landfill levies, aimed at encouraging positive environmental behavioural change and climate action. Please find …

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Environmental coalition welcomes Green Wave washing over Ireland

Niall Sargent Uncategorized

The Green wave across European and local elections is a clear signal that Irish people want urgent action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, Ireland’s largest environmental coalition has said. The Environmental Pillar said today that it was a heartening experience for its member organisations to see the Irish people vote en masse for biodiversity and climate on Friday. …

Niall SargentEnvironmental coalition welcomes Green Wave washing over Ireland

Fine Gael’s Green Week more spin than substance

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fine Gael’s attempt to piggy-back on Heritage Week to burnish their environmental credentials is a clear attempt to paper over gaping holes in their environment and climate policy says a coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs. To mark the kick-off of his party’s Green Week, the Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD popped up on social media this morning to tell the world of …

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BUDGET 2018: Environmentalists support SocDems call for plastic tax

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Immediate Release Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomes the Social Democrats inclusion of a levy on single-use and non-recyclable plastics in the party’s pre-Budget submission. Launched this morning, the party’s submission states that the two environmental levies would bring in €2 million in revenue, while also helping reduce the use of plastics across society. [1] The Pillar – a coalition of …

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PRESS RELEASE: Higher diesel excise a step towards the inevitable ban on diesel and petrol cars

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Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has repeated its call for the State to increase excise rates for diesel as a progressive step towards the inevitable ban on the internal combustion engine. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – also welcomes the UK’s decision to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars from 2040, and …

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